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Address: L. Lekaviciaus g. 2 | Rumsiskes, Kaunas LT-56337, Lithuania
Phone Number: +370 346 47392
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10:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Open Air Museum of Lithuania is a unique and one of the largest (195 ha)...

Open Air Museum of Lithuania is a unique and one of the largest (195 ha) open-air ethnographic museums in Europe. It has the biggest quantity of exhibits (90820 exhibits). The museum presents the mode of life, works, and traditions of peasants and townspeople of all Lithuanian ethnographic areas: Dzūkija, Aukštaitija, Suvalkija, Žemaitija and Lithuania Minor. It was established in 1966, in Rumšiškės on a picturesque coast of Kaunas Lagoon. There are fragments of the villages, authentic farms, century-old buildings with flower gardens, orchards and vegetable gardens, with crosses and wooden roofed poles, technical facilities - mills, forges, a fulling-mill and oil-mill lining along 7 km circular route, meandering between forests, meadows and hills. In the centre of the museum there is a fragment of a township with its typical buildings, where pots are shaped, amber and wood works are done and weaving process of linen is presented. The painful past of Lithuanian history is reminded in the sector of Deportation and Resistance. The guided tours, educational programs, calendar feasts, folk group concerts are being organized in the museum, horseback riding club.

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Back to Lithuanian roots

This place is totally magic. In half of the day you can feel all colours of Lithuania in the past century. Really educative place that makes you explore regional differences in... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 October 2016
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Vilnius, Lithuania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

This place is totally magic. In half of the day you can feel all colours of Lithuania in the past century. Really educative place that makes you explore regional differences in housing, lifestyle, clothing of a small country that you would expect to be all the same.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

Lithuania through the ages in miniature, more a country park with traditional buildings, this is a great place to go walking while learning about the history of the country. Nothing really original in some respects but getting it all together, add some beautiful locations and the restoration work make it worthwhile. The enthusiasm of the volunteers and the various trails... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

It's big. Plan for three to five hours. You might stay less than that, but plan to be there that long. Eat a good breakfast before you go. Wear comfortable shoes and plan to walk a lot (unless you go inside with a large tour bus, then different rules apply). Go with an open mind and enjoy the open air... More 

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Reykjavik, Iceland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

One of the largest open-air museums in Europe, located 25 km East from Kaunas, built in the 60's. It shows the way of life of Lithuanians from all the different regions of the country. It is very interactive, you can enter the houses, see the original furniture and equipment, see where people lived, worked, went to school etc. It is... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

We went here with our former Lithuanian exchange student so our visit had a special meaning for us. He pointed out that how primitive life was even in 1900 for most of Lithuania, say perhaps to life in the USA at the same time period. So we could really appreciate the Lithuania of today. We walked through the entire park;... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

In Rumšiškės Open Air Museum there are collected authentic houses from all ethnographic regions of Lithuania. To see everything you have to spend in there minimum three hours and walk many kilometers. There is a possibility to buy entry by car (expensive) and to see museum quicker.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

Rumsiskes ethnographic museum is a massive recreation of pre-industrial Lithuania. The 150-+ buildings spread over about 380 acres (195 hectares), making it one of the world’s largest “museums”. Everything in Rumsiskes has been moved from somewhere else. The 19th century huts, sheds and farmhouses throughout Lithuania have be reassembled here, along with mills, churches, and workshops that were essential to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

Very impressive way of showing how people lived and how Lithuanians were forced to leave during the second world war. There is an old lady who had been in a camp for 17 years who explains first hand what she experienced.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

we really enjoyed walking around and seeing the old houses. It took us 3 hours to see everything, we are quick walkers. recommended to bring your own water and they are areas for picnic. good experience

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

We were there in may and unfortunately none of the houses were open so we couldn't get an insight view. But we enjoyed the walk in a really nice area and to see the houses from outside. I definitely wanna come back so I can also see what's inside. It's a long walk though and you probably won't be able... More 

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